Jayalalithaa moves Supreme Court for bail

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New Delhi: Jailed former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, denied bail by Karnataka High Court following her conviction and four year sentence in a graft case, on Thursday moved the Supreme Court for bail.

The AIADMK chief, who has been behind bars for the last 12 days, challenged the High Court order which had refused her bail plea.

She urged the apex court to grant an urgent hearing on her plea on Friday during the mentioning hour.

Jayalalithaa has pleaded that she has been sentenced only for four years in the case and she is also suffering from various ailments as grounds for her immediate relief.

She said as chief minister she did not misuse her powers in this case. The former chief minister also cited grounds of being senior citizen and woman for getting out of jail.

The 66-year-old veteran politician was denied bail by the High Court on October 7 despite the Special Public Prosecutor not objecting to grant of conditional bail to her.

In her petitions seeking immediate bail, Jayalalithaa maintained that the charge of amassing wealth against her during 1991-96 when she was the chief minister for the first time was false and that she had acquired property through legal means.

There “are no grounds” to give bail to Jayalalithaa the High Court judge had said

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